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BIO

I was born in Barcelona, Spain. After obtaining my degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Barcelona and the University of Wales, College of Cardiff (U.K.), I carried out doctoral research on mindfulness meditation with the support of a fellowship from the University and Research Commission of the Catalonian Council.

In 1993, I travelled to the USA to obtain a Ph.D. degree at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) under the auspices of the prestigious 'la Caixa" Foundation Fellowship Program (Catalonia, Spain).  I began teaching in 1998 at both the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and CIIS, and in 2000 became core faculty at CIIS, where I also served as chair of the Department of East-West Psychology and launched a concentration in Shamanic Studies. 

In addition to dozens of articles, I have authored three books: Revisioning Transpersonal Theory: A Participatory Vision of Human Spirituality (State University of New York Press, 2002), Participation and the Mystery: Transpersonal Essays in Psychology, Education, and Religion (State University of New York Press, 2017), and Love and Freedom: Transcending Monogamy and Polyamory (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021), as well as co-edited The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies (State University of New York Press, 2008). Many of my books and articles have been translated into several languages, such as Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Finish, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese.

I was a leading scholar on Transformative Practices and Integral Epistemology at the Esalen Center for Theory and Research, California, where I have also offered various talks and workshops. In 2000 my work received the Fetzer Institute’s Presidential Award for its seminal contribution to consciousness studies. In 2009 I was selected to become an advisor to the organization Religions for Peace at the United Nations on a research project aimed at solving global inter-religious conflict.

In my international private practice (in English and Spanish) I assist individuals and couples to achieve more satisfying intimate relationships, as well as support individuals in processes of spiritual integration, transformation, and awakening (see Counseling Services).


I regularly offer invited talks, podcasts, workshops, webinars, and interviews in both English and Spanish (for samples, see Videos & Interviews).